Sink or Swine: Bacon-wrapped poblano pork burgers

7 Mar

Bacon wrapped, roasted poblano pork burger

I love pork. I love bacon (who doesn’t). I love burgers. So why not put them all together? And while we’re at it, why not draw a little inspiration from my two-year-old daughter, Ella, and play dress up — because after all, is there anything more appealing than a cured pork belly sweater?

I’ve been searching for an excuse to wrap something in bacon and figured my first foray into the land of pork burgers was as good a time as any. Whenever you make something for the first time it’s always good to have a plan B (hence the post’s title). Luckily we didn’t have to fall back on our barbecue leftovers, because these beasts came out juicy, porky and down right delicious!

Ingredients
Makes 4

  • 1 lb. Ground Pork
  • 24 strips of bacon
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 4 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 4-8 slices provolone cheese
  • Pickled sweet red onions
  • 4 brioche buns

Equipment

  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Rimmed baking sheet with rack

Brush poblano with olive oil, put on baking sheet with unpeeled garlic cloves and broil in oven for at least 5 minutes. Flip poblano and garlic and broil for another 5 minutes. Poblano should be blistered and charred on both sides.

Bacon wrapped pork burger - roasted poblano and garlic

Remove from oven and peel skin of both the poblano and garlic cloves. Remove stem and seeds from skinned pablano and chop finely. Mash peeled garlic. Set both aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baking rack on baking sheet and set aside.

Put ground pork in a mixing bowl. Add poblano, garlic and black pepper to taste. Salt lightly (the bacon will add plenty of salt to burger). Mix gently with your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed.

Bacon wrapped pork burger - mixed ingredients

Divide the pork equally into four patties and set aside on a piece of wax or parchment paper.

Weaving the bacon and wrapping the burger

On a piece of wax or parchment paper, lay three strips of bacon horizontally — the strips should be touching one another. Working from left to right, fold back the top and bottom pieces of bacon a third of the way. Lay another piece of bacon vertically over the center strip of bacon. Unfold the top and bottom pieces back over the vertical strip.

Now working from the right, fold back the center strip. Lay another piece of bacon vertically over the two remaining horizantal strips and unfold the center piece.

Still working from the right, fold back the top and bottom pieces of bacon, lay another strip vertically and unfold both pieces.

Place one patty in the center of your weaved bacon. Starting from the top and working clockwise, pull bacon over the top of the patty to encase it. Feel free to cut off any excess bacon if it is layering too much. This is the bottom side of the burger.

Set bacon wrapped burger aside and repeat steps with remaining patties.

Step-by-step bacon weave

Cooking burgers

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the burgers for at least three minutes on both sides or until the bacon is browned nicely.

Place burgers, bottom side up, on baking rack and put in oven for 15 minutes. Flip and cook for another 15 minutes. Check temerature of burger with an instant-read thermometer (should be approx. 170 degrees).

Bacon wrapped pork burger

Top with provolone and cook for another two minutes to melt cheese. Remove from oven and let rest while you toast your buns. Top burgers with pickled sweet red onions.

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2 Responses to “Sink or Swine: Bacon-wrapped poblano pork burgers”

  1. MT-V March 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Now I want a big juicy pork burger and it’s not even 10 am yet.

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